This is actually an intermediate "between articles" post, just passing the word along to homeowners in California that you may be able to qualify for grants from the California Earthquake Brace & Bolt (EBB) program to help you with seismic retrofits. Eligibility depends on zip code, age of home, type of retrofit, and a good bit of luck because the current registration is only for a lottery. Still, it is worth checking it out if you are thinking about retrofitting. More information is available directly from EBB website, and you can also read the San Francisco Chronicle article describing the program.
(Sorry about the local focus of this announcement, given readership all over the world, but for those in other seismically active regions, it may be worthwhile to inquire about whether your local governments have financial aid like this.)
As long as I am in local announcement mode, my schedule of talks in San Francisco is currently taking shape. If anyone has been hoping to attend, check out the online calendar, and you may want to check back a few days into February because a couple of talks still haven't been scheduled yet as this is being written.
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Matt Springer has been giving presentations around San Francisco about home earthquake preparedness since 2008 (for more information about the presentation, go to his earthquake preparedness website). This blog is devoted to posts ranging from technical "how-to" articles to more philosophical "should-you" topics. New articles will be posted at most about once a month, so people who subscribe won't be subjected to lots of e-mail.